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1 April 2016

spotNationalise Tata Steel says Dave Nellist

'Governments have bailed out banks - why not steelworkers?' Dave Nellist urges Jeremy Corbyn to call for Tata Steel nationalisation

1 April 2016

spotTUSC sends formal letter to election watchdog, 'don't back UKIP & Tory EU outers'

Last week the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee agreed the text of a formal letter to the Electoral Commission asking them not to choose an 'official' Leave campaign in June's EU referendum

1 April 2016

spotStop the Rampal power project in Bangladesh

The project could lead to the total destruction of the world's largest mangrove forest.

1 April 2016

spotBin workers strike against 'regime of fear'

Intimidation by their bosses has forced Sheffield's bin workers to strike

2 April 2016

spotNeeded: a real living wage - not Cameron's sops

In many town and cities around the country, people greeted the government's new 'living wage' - just £7.20 an hour, only for over-25s - with protests on its 1 April start date.

2 April 2016

spotTUSC challenge to UKIP & Tories: 'Let's debate who should be the voice of Leave'

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has followed up what the BBC called a 'surprise bid' to be the official Leave campaign in June's EU referendum

4 April 2016

spotButterfields tenants and supporters 'walk the walk'

"We have been treated like garbage. We are not garbage," said Daniel, one of the tenants from the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow, east London. He was speaking at a 'walk-the-walk' event on 2 April organised by the campaign against evictions on the estate.

4 April 2016

spotSave Pent Valley school demo demands a council u-turn

A hundred demonstrators staged a loud, colourful march through Folkestone on Saturday 2nd April against the threatened closure of Pent Valley secondary school. The closure is being driven by Tory-controlled Kent County Council and is the latest in a series of school closures across Kent.

4 April 2016

spotLibrary occupied in 'siege' against Blairite cutters

Carnegie Library in Lambeth, south London, is under community occupation. The borough's Labour council closed it on 31 March to begin transforming it into yet another gym.

4 April 2016

spotNSSN protest demands Nationalise Tata

Hundreds marched through Port Talbot on Saturday 2nd April in a protest called by the National Shop Stewards Network to demand the nationalisation of Tata Steel

5 April 2016

spotPanama Papers: they're all in it together!

Anonymous shell companies, foundations and trusts revealed in the 'Panama Papers' have been likened to "getaway cars" for the high-end criminal. You load up the swag and put your foot down. On second thoughts, drive as slowly as you like - the cops are in on it.

6 April 2016

spotEU referendum: Stop public money going to tax avoiders!

TUSC says: official status shouldn't be awarded to any group that's received funding from anyone named in the Panama Papers

6 April 2016

spotMy hometown lost its soul when the steelworks closed

I want a future: Growing up in Corby, there was nothing. There was no investment. The town centre was sold to private developers time and time again and the latest attempt at urban regeneration has left several uncompleted projects, empty buildings as monuments to failure.

6 April 2016

spotInternational news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world. Germany socialist conference success; Belgian socialists arrested for challenging far right.

6 April 2016

spotFighting fund target smashed, again!

Socialist Party members raised a record £36,281 in the first three months of 2016 - smashing the target, getting to 145%.

6 April 2016

spotTUSC councillor calls on trust to reject new junior doctors contract

A Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) councillor in Warrington, Cheshire, is calling on his local NHS trust not to implement the new junior doctors' contract.

6 April 2016

spotTUSC in 'surprise bid' for official exit lead

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has launched what the BBC called a "surprise bid" to be the official Leave campaign in June's referendum on European Union membership

6 April 2016

spotEU begins deporting refugees

The first European Union (EU) boats deporting refugees arrived in Turkey from Greece on 4 April. The Socialist condemns the deportations.

6 April 2016

spotNHS facilities to start paying market rents

Some parts of the NHS will now have to pay market-rate rents on their facilities.

6 April 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Panama Papers versus workers' wages; brokers' binge versus self-employment poverty,

6 April 2016

spotUber and Facebook tax dodge scandal

International taxi firm Uber is registered in a tax haven. And Facebook could spend years not paying UK corporation tax, due to £21 million of deferred tax relief.

6 April 2016

spotGetting the anti-austerity struggle onto the ballot paper

TUSC has stood 'no-cuts' candidates since 2010. Will standing this May undermine Jeremy Corbyn's aim to change Labour?

6 April 2016

spotStop divisive attacks on pensioners' cash

Iain Duncan Smith's resignation from the Department for Work and Pensions opened up another malevolent attack on pensioners.

6 April 2016

spotHomelessness holding kids back, says teacher

As teachers, we know that if children are living in poverty and deprivation, it will adversely affect their mental health and in turn their learning. In this data-driven education system, this is one thing that can be measured.

6 April 2016

spotLetters

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Women's wages; US Democratic primaries; Birmingham and Reading cuts budgets; dole disgrace; Blairites back bosses' EU and erase Labour's socialist history.

6 April 2016

spotLand Registry workers ready to fight privatisation

At 5pm on the evening before parliament recessed for Easter, plans to consult on the proposed privatisation of Land Registry were sneakily released by George Osborne's office.

6 April 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Action against academies; bin workers strike; hospital caterers fight sell-off.

6 April 2016

spotRMT protests against new Northern Rail franchise

Socialist Party and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition members joined members of the RMT union protesting against this at Leeds station on 1 April. Many remarked on the irony that we'd been campaigning for the franchise to be re-nationalised, but the only nationalisation the Tory government seems to approve is to other state rail operators.

6 April 2016

spotWorkers and campaigners fight to save library

Unite members in the Socialist Party-led Greenwich branch defending the mobile library from closure held an open air story time on the steps of the town hall on 30 March.

6 April 2016

spotBosses' and union tops' "agenda of misery"

Steel crisis: I was a steelworker for almost 40 years. Skilled jobs, when they are gone are gone. I feel like I've jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.

6 April 2016

spotDoctors fight on against imposed contracts

Junior doctors are continuing their battle against worsened contracts

6 April 2016

spotSanders campaign: build a new party of the 99%!

Marching for Bernie Sanders

The US presidential election campaign represents a turning point in the country and the struggles of the working class and all those exploited by capitalism.

6 April 2016

spotNorthern Powerhouse or Northern poorhouse?

Save BIS Sheffield: The Tory government wants the complete destruction of the civil service - its latest attack could see more than 600 government buildings close throughout the UK.

6 April 2016

spotLondon Labour councils purge housing waiting lists

Labour councils in London have sat on their hands as the national housing crisis grips their boroughs. Now they resort to cooking the books and 'pop-up homes' to cover it up.

6 April 2016

spotWorkers' action to: Nationalise Steel

March, strike, occupy: 15,000 steel jobs are on the line, but the call to nationalise Tata is growing louder and the political pressure on Cameron to act is building! On 2 April hundreds demonstrated in Port Talbot, organised by the NSSN

8 April 2016

spotTUSC Liverpool mayor candidate condemns censorship

Merseyside TUSC is recording its opposition to a Liverpool City Council election office decision to veto a section in Roger Bannister's election address which refers to 'Liverpool Labour'

8 April 2016

spotPanama papers, steel crisis, junior doctors' contract, austerity... Cameron resign now!

The Tories were already hated before the Panama Papers scandal. Their vicious austerity measures have brought misery to millions

10 April 2016

spotVideo: the Socialist case for EU exit

Socialist Party's Judy Beishon makes the Socialist case for EU exit

Socialist Party's Judy Beishon makes the Socialist case for EU exit

In this short video, Socialist Party executive member Judy Beishon explains why Socialists should vote to leave the "bosses' club", the European Union, in the forthcoming UK referendum.

11 April 2016

spotLibrary occupation ends with march on cutting council

The community occupation of Carnegie Library in Lambeth, south London, ended proudly and defiantly on 9 April. Over a thousand local residents and workers marched in protest - including a rebel Labour councillor. But the fight to save this and three other libraries is not over.

11 April 2016

spotConstruction workers stop work to protest at the undermining of jobs and pay

All work was stopped at Templeborough Waste to Energy power station

13 April 2016

spotReactionary EU campaigners implicated by Panama Papers

One aspect of the Panama Papers revelations not widely commented on is the links with the reactionary Vote Leave and Grassroots Out EU referendum campaigns of some of the 'offshore investors' named.

13 April 2016

spotWorkers and youth unite to defend vital services

Youth workers and teenage service users lobbied Camden council on 6 April in defence of youth services which the Labour council plans to slash.

13 April 2016

spotBosses back EU to boost NHS sell-offs

The future of the NHS has emerged as a key battleground in the debate surrounding Britain's referendum on membership of the European Union (EU)

13 April 2016

spotHuddersfield A&E fightback grows

The campaign to save accident and emergency services in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, is mobilising all its forces for a public 'consultation' on 18 April.

13 April 2016

spotNo A-level courses in Knowsley thanks to 'academies' system

Within a few weeks there will be no A-level provision in the borough of Knowsley, Merseyside. This is a chilling portent of what will happen to education in working class areas if the Tories and Blairites are allowed to get away with turning council-run schools into 'academies' run by unaccountable private profiteers.

13 April 2016

spotCampaigning for scholarships for refugees - and free education for all

Portsmouth Socialist Students, together with activists from other student societies, have launched a petition asking the University of Portsmouth to offer 20 scholarships to refugees. 26 British universities have already done this.

13 April 2016

spotLetter: Women and work

Women have borne the brunt of the cuts inflicted by the Con-Dems and the current government. Of the people living in poverty in this country, 40% are women and 23% are children.

13 April 2016

spotRMT branch calls for TUSC backing to continue

Members of the transport workers' union, the RMT, and particularly its late general secretary Bob Crow, have played a crucial role in the building of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since its birth in 2010. TUSC was founded to take forward the fight to re-build independent working class political representation.

13 April 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the struggle against low pay and the latest industrial action on the London Underground.

13 April 2016

spotFrance: full-scale struggle with government is erupting

A new period of class struggle has opened up in France. Until recently, the smouldering discontent among workers was finding expression in isolated but numerous workplace battles - over threatened closures, redundancies and the growing repression against workers' representatives.

13 April 2016

spotBangladesh: stop the Rampal power project

The world's largest mangrove forest lies on the deltas of three rivers: the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. In this area of outstanding natural beauty called the Sundarbans, the Bangladeshi government plans to site a coal-fired power plant.

13 April 2016

spotBrazil: solidarity with attacked civil servants

On 4 April, a group of civil servants in Praia Grande, Brazil, who are in struggle for a wage increase of 12.5%, occupied their trade union (linked to Força Sindical) offices in protest at the treacherous actions of the union leadership which threatened to sell out their dispute.

13 April 2016

spotDemonstration to defend the NHS in Leicester

Our NHS is under attack like never before, and we must act now to save it. As an NHS worker and Unison member, I chaired a protest organised by Leicestershire Against The Cuts on 9 April.

13 April 2016

spotWorcestershire: hands off our health service!

Worcestershire has been hit time and time again with cuts to its NHS. It's been 16 years since New Labour closed Kidderminster's A&E, last year the Tories and Lib Dems closed the Cookley rehab ward and now the Tories plan to close the GP centre in the Kidderminster hospital.

13 April 2016

spotSales of the Socialist on the rise, read all about it!

We had a very successful sales campaign of the Socialist in the first three months of 2015 - selling 2,000 more than in the previous quarter. That's on top of thousands that landed on door mats via subscription.

13 April 2016

spotAusterity not needed

The Panama Papers reveal a financial parallel world in which the 'masters of the universe' keep their ill-gotten gains. The scale of this wealth hoarding is astonishing.

13 April 2016

spotAnother Fifa corruption scandal

The last Fifa corruption revelations were hardly out of the headlines when a new scandal has struck the damaged organisation - this time from the Panama Papers.

13 April 2016

spotHouses for offshore investment, we're stuck at home

The Panama Papers proved what many people already know, that the rich will do whatever they can to hide their vast sums of money and avoid paying tax.

13 April 2016

spotSave BIS Sheffield: we won't be a Northern Poorhouse!

John McDonnell described Sheffield as the City of Resistance. It certainly felt like it on 9 April as 700 people marched

13 April 2016

spotFrance: full-scale struggle erupting

A new period of class struggle has opened up in France. Click here for an article on France in this week's issue of the Socialist, by Clare Doyle

13 April 2016

spotSolidarity with refugees: fight for jobs, homes and services for all

Photo by Paul Mattsson

The latest stage of the refugee crisis has seen the EU strike a dangerous deal with the Turkish state to try to reduce the number of refugees reaching Europe.

13 April 2016

spotPanama Papers reveal corrupt system of the 1%

Not only can't we trust the Tories to tell the truth about their taxation, we can't trust them to run the country in the interests of anyone other than the richest 1%

13 April 2016

spotInternational Panama Papers protests

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

13 April 2016

spotNationalise to save all Steel jobs

Tata Steel's UK assets are officially up for sale. Vulture capitalists are eyeing up any profitable pickings while willing to throw workers on the dole

13 April 2016

spotKeep Parkrun free!

Stoke Gifford Parish Council in Gloucestershire has decided to ask park runners for a contribution for using their local park. The use of parks should be kept free!

14 April 2016

spot"Not the church, not the state - women must decide their fate!"

Socialist Party members joined hundreds protesting at the Polish embassy in London on 9 April in solidarity with thousands demonstrating in Warsaw and at other embassies around the world against attacks on abortion rights

14 April 2016

spotTUSC slams Electoral Commission's 'political decision' to choose Vote Leave as EU exit voice

TUSC accused the Commission of "bowing to political pressure"

15 April 2016

spotTUSC on RT News - for a socialist campaign against the EU

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's national election Agent, Clive Heemskerk, was interviewed on RT News (13 April) about the Electoral Commission's decision to choose the Tory-dominated Vote Leave campaign as the official voice of exit in June's referendum

15 April 2016

spotSarah Wrack debates on BBC News 24 on the EU

Sarah Wrack, Socialist Party, debates with Michael Chessum of Momentum

15 April 2016

spotPent Valley students strike against closure

Hundreds of school students struck against the closure of their Technology College

15 April 2016

spotWomen's Lives Matter

With the imminent closure of Doncaster Women's Aid, some women are 'fighting for their lives'

20 April 2016

spotCops bid to hide spy trial

Lawyers acting for police have argued that significant parts of an inquiry into infiltration by undercover police of political groups since 1968 should be held in secret.

20 April 2016

spotEU: bosses pick 'safe' reactionary out voice

A big majority of the British capitalist establishment supports a Remain vote. This was a case of the establishment choosing not just its own team, but the safest opposition as well.

20 April 2016

spotTreasury boss attacks call to nationalise Tata

The Treasury's former chief civil servant has attacked the call to nationalise Tata Steel. Meanwhile, it turns out that Tata has taken over £700 million in European Union carbon subsidies.

20 April 2016

spotDay of action against poverty pay: £10 now!

Chants demanding a £10 an hour minimum wage rang out through Wakefield city centre on 14 April.

20 April 2016

spotFree runs threatened

A parish council in Gloucestershire has voted to start asking for 'donations' from runners at free weekly 'Parkrun' events.

20 April 2016

spotThem & Us

Panama papers: Poverty charity Oxfam has detailed yet more of the capitalists' obscene hypocrisy. Its latest report exposes the lie that capitalism is an effective system for allocating global resources.

20 April 2016

spotWhy I'm standing

Tom Baldwin for mayor of Bristol: Over £100 million has been cut from Bristol City Council by the independent mayor and his cross-party cabinet. Over 1,000 jobs have been threatened, with cuts to libraries, care services, parks and more.

20 April 2016

spotIncreasing anger at cuts boosts Grimsby campaign

The 2016 local elections will be the fourth the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has contested in Grimsby and we've gained experience from each one. It's clear that the mood is changing and anger at the government and local councillors doing the government's dirty work is increasing.

20 April 2016

spotClock ticking on UK steel: it's time to act!

If Tata can't find a buyer it will sack 15,000 workers. Three times as many support workers will also lose their jobs. Reports have surfaced that the company will set 28 May as the deadline date, meaning workers have just over a month to save their jobs and communities.

20 April 2016

spotChernobyl nuclear disaster - 30 years on

On 26 April 1986, an explosion destroyed the nuclear power station in Chernobyl. This explosion, the worst 'nuclear incident' in history, set back confidence in 'clean' nuclear energy for a generation.

20 April 2016

spotInternational news in brief

Socialists in the news in US: Speeches by Socialist Party co-thinkers in the United States, Socialist Alternative, have been going viral across the pond.

20 April 2016

spotHuge profits for BT and Royal Mail, cuts and attacks for workers

CWU conference: As the 2016 Communication Workers Union conference takes place, British Telecom continues its obsession with cost cutting, despite a 14% increase in profits to £2.6 billion last year.

20 April 2016

spotReview: 'On the Track' by Bill Mullins

A demonstration of the role of a Marxist in the workplace: There were 612 strikes recorded at British Leyland's Cowley plant in 1969 - workers today will be as amazed at that figure as the bosses were horrified by it then.

20 April 2016

spotPCS national elections: vote for Democracy Alliance

The Socialist Party supports the slate put forward by the Democracy Alliance, which includes seven Socialist Party members, including president Janice Godrich and vice-president John McInally, up for re-election.

20 April 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Tube stoppage, CCTV workers' strike victory, Welsh museum walkouts.

20 April 2016

spot2,000 lay siege to A&E cutbacks consultation

"Let us in!" echoed through the air as 2,000 people turned out to a public meeting proposing the closure of A&E services

20 April 2016

spotThe socialist case for nationalisation

Nationalisation is back on the agenda. The crisis surrounding Tata steel has demonstrated that the market cannot secure the future of the industries vital for the economy. Nor can it provide the jobs that that communities rely upon.

20 April 2016

spotSteeled for a fightback

"After Labour bailed out the bankers, are the Tories to be remembered as the party that let our steel industry die?" said the rabid right-wing, pro-Tory Daily Mail

20 April 2016

spotTUSC objects to Liverpool political censorship

Merseyside Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is recording its opposition to a Liverpool City Council election office decision to veto a section in Roger Bannister's election address which refers to "Liverpool Labour".

20 April 2016

spotStop supermarket bosses making us pay for their mistakes

Usdaw conference: On the eve of shop workers' union Usdaw's 2016 conference, Tesco boss Dave Lewis, who received £4.1 million in his first six months, was grilled by Channel 4 News for cutting workers' premiums and attacking pensions.

20 April 2016

spotButterfields campaign getting results

It has been reported on the Guardian website today that a housing association is interested in buying the Butterfields Estate in Walthamstow, keeping tenants in their homes

20 April 2016

spotStrike together to kick out the Tories!

After the anti-cuts march, build for coordinated strikes: The 26 April demo in London called by doctors's union BMA and teachers' union NUT, is very important. Joint workers' action can stop the cuts.

20 April 2016

spotJeremy Corbyn's EU u-turn

The bosses' EU is no friend of workers: "Dodgy Dave decided my vote. He votes stay, I vote leave." This tweet on the EU referendum sums up the attitude of growing numbers of people.

20 April 2016

spotIreland: 100 years since the 1916 Easter rising

For many working class people in Ireland this rising against British rule is regarded as a key defining event in Irish history

22 April 2016

spotTata steel crisis: 100% nationalisation now!

The government saying it could take a 25% stake in a Tata Steel buyout has understandably raised the hopes of steel workers and their communities

25 April 2016

spotTrade Union Bill concessions made - now fight to scrap the lot!

Removing the attack on check-off is welcome but the unions' campaign needs to be stepped up, argues John McInally

25 April 2016

spotSky News interviewed Dave Nellist on Labour's EU position

Sky News spoke to TUSC chair, former Labour MP and Socialist Party member Dave Nellist about Jeremy Corbyn's announcement on the Labour Party's position for the EU referendum

25 April 2016

spotTrade unions: myths of EU 'Remain' campaign

Most trade union and Labour leaders are saying that workers' rights would be more adversely affected by leaving the EU. The opposite is the case.

26 April 2016

spotJunior doctors withdraw all labour to step up pressure

Faced with the government's refusal to negotiate, doctors are again on strike

27 April 2016

spotHillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to fortitude

Merseyside TUSC applauds the brilliant verdict that the Hillsborough victims were unlawfully killed as well as completely exonerating the fans from any responsibility for the catastrophe

27 April 2016

spotDoctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

"It's fantastic!" shouted a junior doctor as she marched past Big Ben. As the first day of the 26-27 April junior doctor strike action drew to a close, thousands marched in a London joint demonstration called by the North and South Thames region of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the London region of the teachers' union NUT.

27 April 2016

spotUSA: the un-Democratic primary

Why we need A new party of the 99%: The 'Battle of New York' has served only to further expose what millions of people in the US are becoming painfully aware of - the Democratic Party primary is rigged in favour of the establishment.

27 April 2016

spotPoland: anger at abortion ban plan

A plan by the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland has angered a significant section of the population. It has sparked a series of city demonstrations and a large movement fighting for abortion rights.

27 April 2016

spotHousing: Catalyst needs converting

Neighbourhood managers at Catalyst Housing have started a work-to-rule in response to restructuring proposals that include halving the number of people doing their job.

27 April 2016

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Wales museum walkout; North Sea oil stoppage; justice for janitors strike; Glasgow GMB action ballot; Southern conductors down tools.

27 April 2016

spotHistoric all-out junior doctors' strike action

Junior doctors staged their first full walkout in NHS history from 8am to 5pm on 26 and 27 April. This momentous escalation was in response to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's continued refusal to negotiate. Public support for the strike remains high, despite media attempts to unnerve doctors.

27 April 2016

spotNationalise BHS to save 11,000 jobs

Department store BHS is going into administration. The news on 24 April will have shocked many, not least the 11,000 staff. The company should be nationalised, and run democratically by workers and consumers.

27 April 2016

spotRich List betrays lies of austerity

The annual publication of the Sunday Times Rich List is a chance to bask in the magnificent work of our 'wealth creators'. We should take the wealth off the 1%.

27 April 2016

spotMost diesels emit illegal levels of poison

97% of modern diesel cars break European Union rules on poisonous nitrogen oxide emissions. Testing firm Emissions Analytics found a quarter producing six times the limit or more.

27 April 2016

spotTop tweets: TUSC

@TUSCoalition: The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is fielding candidates against cutters and privatisers of every stripe. Tory and Blairite council cuts, academies and the jobs economy are some key issues.

27 April 2016

spotQueen reaches 90: abolish the monarchy

We congratulate Mrs Windsor on reaching 90 - after travelling the world, and being waited on hand and foot, at the expense of Britain's workers. There will be no place for the feudal institution of the monarchy in a socialist society.

27 April 2016

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. The Sunday Times published its annual Rich List on 24 April.

27 April 2016

spotWarrington: Socialist councillor fighting cuts and hitting doorsteps

Councillor Kevin Bennett and the TUSC team have been out every day in Warrington discussing with Fairfield and Howley residents about the upcoming elections. We having been getting a tremendous response on the doors for Kevin and our other five candidates in the town.

27 April 2016

spotWhy I'm standing: TUSC can make a real difference

I decided to stand as one of four TUSC candidates in this year's City of Lincoln council elections for a number of reasons. I had the fantastic experience of campaigning in Dublin alongside the Anti-Austerity Alliance during the Irish general election at the end of February.

27 April 2016

spotSouthampton Labour council faces crisis as cuts hit city

Despite growing anger at further cuts and continued austerity, Southampton Labour council's failure to mount any resistance to the cuts has put its majority in jeopardy.

27 April 2016

spotAnti-cuts stand wins support from students in Leeds

On a panel with the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Ukip and Conservatives, TUSC was the only anti-cuts party. While the Greens often try to put themselves forward as being anti-austerity, their candidate wrongly stated councillors' "hands are tied" over cuts.

27 April 2016

spotWelsh Assembly elections: A working class voice to say 'save our steel!'

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) challenge in the Welsh Assembly elections on 5 May has centred on the campaign to save Welsh steel. TUSC has campaigned for the immediate nationalisation of the industry, which is supported by a large majority.

27 April 2016

spotCountering the growth of Ukip in south Wales

TUSC is standing widely across Wales in these elections to present working class people with a real alternative to austerity politics and in an attempt to stop Ukip from gaining in Wales with their false anti-establishment rhetoric.

27 April 2016

spotScottish elections: strong mood for anti-cuts strategy continues

According to all opinion polls, the Scottish National Party looks certain to win another overall majority at Holyrood. No doubt the SNP leadership will claim the result as a confirmation of their policies. But that would not paint even half a picture of the real situation.

27 April 2016

spotLondon elections: fight for an anti-austerity GLA

Unfortunately, Jeremy Corbyn, in another retreat in the face of the right-wing Blairites that infest the Labour Party, has not insisted on the London elections being fought on the policies that swept him to the leadership.

27 April 2016

spotButterfields: campaign to stay getting results

A happy ending may be in sight for tenants of the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow who have been campaigning since February to keep their homes. The Socialist Party has been campaigning with them, exploring all avenues that may keep them in their homes.

27 April 2016

spotTUSC protests at mayoral booklets censorship

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee has agreed to formally complain to the Returning Officers of Bristol and Liverpool councils for what can only be described as political censorship of the TUSC candidates contesting the Mayoral elections

27 April 2016

spotDefeats and U-turns show Tories are weak

Together we can defeat them! We are in a war against this Tory austerity government. The first task in a war is to assess the strength on both sides. On any account the Tories are weak - elected by less than one in four eligible voters.

27 April 2016

spotMaybe Obama had a deal 'on the T-Tip of his tongue' ..

There is no doubt that Barack Obama is the coolest president ever. That is why him trashing the idea of Brexit has infuriated the right-wing Leave campaign.

27 April 2016

spotAn anti-austerity alternative on the ballot paper

TUSC has candidates on 5 May for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and 60 English councils

27 April 2016

spotHillsborough inquest victory: cops unlawfully killed 96

The inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has found that police unlawfully killed 96 fans. This decision vindicates the families and supporters of victims who have campaigned for years against an establishment cover-up.

28 April 2016

spotLibrary assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

When Bristol council's Cabinet of all the talentless advocated a city-wide library consultation in 2014, it was obvious that cuts and closures were on the cards. Smooth words, glossy questionnaires and carefully orchestrated presentations to the public cut little ice with angry Bristolians.

28 April 2016

spotMuseum strike solid

Workers at six sites of the National Museum of Wales came out on all-out strike today(28.4.16) in protest at management threats to sack the workforce and impose new contracts that will remove weekend working allowances for museum workers. They will strike on Friday and over the weekend before starting all-out action on Bank Holiday Monday.

28 April 2016

spotBaroness Neuberger slanders Militant on anti-Semitism

Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe sent the following letter to the BBC following a suggestion on BBC2's Newsnight (27.4.16) by Baroness Julia Neuberger that Militant was involved in anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in the past

29 April 2016

spotLivingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn addressing a demonstration in support of the junior doctors and teachers

The furore around charges of anti-Semitism engulfing the Labour Party is, in reality, an orchestrated and cynical new stage of the campaign by the right-wing pro-capitalist wing of the Labour Party to try and prepare the ground for ditching Jeremy Corbyn at the earliest possible opportunity.

29 April 2016

spotHillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude

The recent verdict of the inquests into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster of 1989, which killed 96 people vindicates the 27-year campaign for the truth, which battled against establishment lies and slurs on the victims. Tony Mulhearn, who was an anti-cuts, socialist city councillor in Liverpool from 1984 to 1987, responds.

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